Socialism, first as tragedy, then as farce

Socialism, first as tragedy, then as farce, by Scott Summer.

Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light.

More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn….

Perhaps the modern infatuation with socialism is based on a combination of ignorance and fashion. They don’t know anything about real world socialism, but think it sounds kind of cool. Thus those with Mao posters on their walls don’t actually favor murdering rich people (many of their parents are rich) and those wearing Che t-shirts don’t actually favor the sort of barbaric executions that he engaged in. It’s just a pose. …

Maybe I should look on the bright side. Maybe it’s actually good news that socialism and fascism (in the West) are no longer actual policies that kill millions, rather just fashion statements.

hat-tip Matthew